The CircleCount Shop (shirts, mugs, flip flops and more)

We are proud to present the new CircleCount Shop, where you will be able to buy some great shirts, mugs, flip flops and more…

CircleCount Shop

They are all designed by +Rick Lutz our fantastic star designer. So a big thank you to Rick as well.

With every item to buy you support CircleCount with 1-3$, which we really hope is ok for you guys.

We have started with a .com and .de shop, which you can reach under the following URLs:

Both shops are in English and you can find the same articles in both shops, but you can save some shipping costs by selecting the one or the other (for example the .com for USA and .de for Europe).

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We are looking forward to see your photos with CircleCount! ;)

Average growth of the follower numbers

Yesterday we saw a decrease in the follower number of the most Google+ profiles. Here is a post by +Markos Giannopoulos who posted as one of the first about this change.

It looks like Google+ made a Spring Cleaning and a lot of spam-profiles / bots have been removed. Google+ is doing that regularly, but this time the loss was higher than in the past.

We have created a new page showing the Average Follower Growth on Google+ for every day. To calculate this number we are checking all profiles with more than 5,000 followers and their daily change in the follower number. Right now the chart looks like that:

google plus average follower growth per day - CircleCount

We can clearly see the Spring Cleaning of yesterday. The average growth is updated every hour, so that we will see in the coming days probably the average growth getting back to 0.1 – 0.2 %.

It is real uncommon to see people being happy about less followers, in that case we can absolutely understand this feeling, since we all “lost” bots in the follower lists.

Have you also seen a drop in your follower number?
You can check your profile here.

CircleCount parle français!

Yann FageolToday we are launching CircleCount.com in French! You can find the French pages at http://fr.circlecount.com/
CircleCount is now available in 9 languages!

With the great help of Yann Fageol our French visitors will be able to browse through the pages of CircleCount.com in their own language.

We want to thank Yann for the whole work! He is self employed as a Google+ trainer and consultant at witseo.fr and running the Google+ community Aide Google+ pour tous Community.
We are very happy to have such a good partner in France!

Animated Screenshots

Google+ allows us to upload animated gifs, you have probably seen a lot of them.
These gifs can be used for fun or to create visual how-tos. A great way to show a new feature or explain something you just found out with just one (animated) image.

LICEcap is a free tool (under GPL licence) to capture your screen and create an animated gif. We want to describe here the few steps you need to do to get your own animation.

  • Download it from here and install it. There is a version for Windows and for OSX.
  • After the installation you can start LICEcap and create your first animated screencapture. LICEcap is starting as a transparent tool. Move the visible border of LICEcap over the section of your desktop you want to capture.
  • Click on “Record”, set the options (where to save the result, capture the mouse and/or the clicks or not) and click on “Save”.
  • LICEcap will start capturing your screen 3 seconds after you click on “Save” so that you have time to move your mouse to its starting position.
  • When you are finished, you can click on “Stop” or hit ctrl+alt+P so that you don’t need to move the mouse to the button (what would be captured).

Check out our demo:

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Open the folder you have defined to put the gif. Drag&Drop the gif into a new tab of Chrome. This is how the gif will look like when you post it on Google+. If you are not satisfied with the result, create a new gif.
Creating it takes only as long as your animation will be!

The Year 2013 Infographic

On the 29th of December 2013 we have offered you a personalized infographic with a summary of your year on Google+.

A few hours later we have been overwhelmed with your feedback. Probably you liked it ;)

circlecount-year-2013-infographic-statisticYou can find this chart showing always the current data here.
As you can see in the chart we had a peak on Sunday evening (German time) only 12 hours after the launch. We have generated around 4 infographics per minute. This is a huge number for our small server, which has done a great job.

Almost 4,000 people have logged in on CircleCount on this Sunday with more than 2,000 completely new users on CircleCount:

circlecount-year-2013-insightsThese are huge numbers and will show some interesting peaks in our page showing the Key Performance Indicators of CircleCount.

The only problem was that we ran out of API calls, since the Google+ API calls have a daily limit. Fortunately Vic Gundotra jumped in and saved the situation:

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One of the reasons we love Google+: The Google+ Team is listening, even on Sundays!
Right now more than 5,500 infographics have been created and the number is still growing.

Now, after you have read about the theory, here is one of these infographics:

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You can still create your personal Year 2013 Infographic here.
Let’s see if we can get a new peak in the first chart ;)

 

 

 

Your Google+ Elements

A few days ago we have launched a new page called “The Google+ Elements”.
Here you can see the most followed people who fit to a chemical element.

The Google+ Elements

+Mz Maau and +Geoff Dennehy mentioned that such a periodic table would be even more interesting with people only from the own circles. A great idea!
Today we are giving you the ability to put the people from your circles on a periodic table.
Short How-To: open this page, that’s it!

If you are not logged in on CircleCount you will see the Sign In button of Google+. After a click on this button you can authenticate who you are and login on CircleCount.
You don’t need to create any account on CircleCount or remember a new password.

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On the page with your elements there is a button to reload the people from your circles. With this button you can not only update your circles but you can also choose which circles should be used for the periodic table. Just click on “Edit list” (or “Liste bearbeiten” like in the screenshot) and choose your circles.

An important privacy note: we won’t get any information about specific circles (for example their name or who is in one specific circle). We are getting through the Google+ API only a list of persons/pages that are included in one of the chosen circles. That’s absolutely enough for this feature and a great decision by Google+ to protect (y)our privacy.

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After you have chosen your circles, we will check the persons/pages and put them on the periodic table on the place they belong to.

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Feel free to make a screenshot and share it with your followers. A few of them will be probably on the screenshot ;)

Follow Up Your Favorite Posts

Overview of your Favorite Posts
Do you want to follow a discussion on Google+?
Right now you need to write a comment to get notifications about new comments and to not lose the post. That’s why you can see often comments like “<sub>” or “subscribe”.

Today we are launching a new page in your Favorite Posts Management on CircleCount.com: Read Later
If you don’t know the Favorite Posts Management on CircleCount.com yet, please check this article.

You can now check out your favorite posts as embedded posts on CircleCount.com like you can see in the screenshot at the right.

On this page you can see the current discussion for each post including all comments. Even our Chrome Extension is working on this page, so that the comments will be highlighted like you have defined in the options and you will get also the CircleCount buttons for each post, for example to check out the ripples of the post.

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You can filter in this page by the tags you have used for each post and order by different criteria (like post date or your own rating).
You will get 10 posts per page shown, but you can easily see your other favorite posts with a single click on the paging buttons.

Adding a post to your favorites is also really easy:

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Edit Favorite Post on CircleCount

 

 

And you can still share your favorite posts like you could before. Here are some great examples:

Let us know if you like this feature!

5 Top Google Myths of 2013

From buying wind farms to mobile apps, to creating driverless cars, to most recently launching a company that focuses on health and aging, Google is no stranger to surprising its stakeholders.

Rumors are only natural. They spread like wildfire. And hey, what can I say? Google loves the buzz. Who wouldn’t?

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(Source: http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/sites/google-plus-google)

But, as you know, most of the time it’s just a rumor – nothing more.

Today we’re going to debunk the top Google myths of 2013. Get ready.

Myth 1: Google Will Rent Space from Best Buy

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(Source: http://politelysmiling.wordpress.com/2013/03/20/86/)

A rumor recently popped up at the end of August that in 2014 Google will be renting 6,000 square feet in every Best Buy for the purpose of selling Google Glass. While there wasn’t much information on this supposed plan, it all started from a guy named Robert Scoble. He is a startup liaison with Rackspace, who first posted about this supposed 2014 plan on a Google+ post.
Now, 6,000 square feet across every Best Buy store in the US is a HUGE amount of space. How many glasses are Google planning on selling?!

Myth Debunked

While Scoble did say that Google was planning something dramatic, 6,000 square feet in every Best Buy across the US doesn’t look like it’s happening. Scoble later said that his source could have been wrong, but that Google was still in fact planning something “dramatic”.
Google’s Chris Dale sent a tweet that Google Glass wouldn’t be going to Best Buy.
Bummer! Google fanboys all around have been waiting for a store to open at some point. Who knows? Maybe it will be in their future plans as they expand their product lines.
The best part about this little myth? Best Buy’s shares jumped by 4% when the rumor came out.

Myth 2: Google Glass Will Drop Prices to $299 USD

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(Source: http://i.qkme.me/3omtpu.jpg)

Google Glass is obviously a pretty sweet piece of technology, and the rumors about Google Glass don’t seem to be slowing down. Even if Google Glass won’t be sold in Best Buy, what about the price?

$1500 is a hefty price tag, and there were whispers across the interwebz that the price would be significantly reduced due to the actual cost of components.

Myth Debunked

In the same tweet that debunked the Best Buy rumor, Chris Dale of Google also squashed the rumor that Google would be dramatically reducing the price for Google Glass to $299 USD.

So I can’t get the Google Glass at $299 at Best Buy?? Double bummer!

Oh, and I should mention that the guys at Tech Crunch have reached out to Dale and verified his account, so the information looks to be true.

Myth 3: Google Reads Your Emails

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(Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/st3f4n/3951143570/)

Is Google a powerhouse for getting information? Obviously. But, do they invade your emails so they can know everything about you? No, Google doesn’t have rooms full of employees reading your personal emails.

However, they would really – I mean, REALLY – love to.

Not so long ago, Google merged the information of Gmail users with the information of the users other Google services (Picasa, Chrome, etc.). If you’re an advertiser, this is like you found your pot of gold at the end of your rainbow.

Myth Debunked

The fact of the matter is that Google has an automated delivery process that scans incoming messages for spam, viruses and keywords to better help their advertisers target specific users, and to protect their users from emails about Viagra. So really, the biggest thing that Google does is use your search history and e-mail keywords to sell to advertisers.

The good news is that this helps reduce the number of emails you get about winning the lottery or the next best deal on Viagra. Ha!

Although they can’t actually read your emails, Google is fighting. Just earlier this month, Google attorneys argued in California courts that the company needs to read every email sent through their system, since it’s “simply a part of their business”.

Time will tell who wins – Google or privacy advocates?

Myth 4: Google is Making Us Dumb and Dependent

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(Source: http://www.kulfoto.com/dog-pictures/41126/let-me-google-that-for-you)

The number of times a day that I hear someone say “Oh I don’t know. Just Google it!” is alarmingly high. I personally don’t remember the last time I went to a library for research – though that’s not to say it can’t be done.

Are we really getting dumber? Or are we just lazy? Maybe it’s a combination of both!

Myth Debunked

Google is an incredible resource that has given millions of people instant access to the collective knowledge of the world – it’s pretty crazy when you think about it in these terms, but it’s true!

So “smart” is somewhat of a relative term. In one sense, because people have a larger and faster way to access information, Google has increased the knowledge (of those with internet) an incredible amount.

It’s also true that Google has essentially replaced the library. Who needs a library, when you can access any information you need in a press of a button?

In all reality, Google has really changed the landscape of how we absorb information. It’s pretty cool when you think about it like this.

Myth 5: Google Earth is STILL Spying On You

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(Source: http://endthelie.com/2012/05/01/fcc-google-staff-knew-street-view-cars-were-stealing-private-data/#axzz2h41wuMkg)

For quite a while many have been concerned that Google Maps is the ultimate spy tool. Just think about it – it’s a real-time camera that drives around the world to take street-view images.
Just look at some of the ridiculous things they’ve captured on camera…

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(Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2103921/Google-street-view-artist-captures-scenes-world-art-project.html)

Anyway, if you’re concerned about your privacy, then you might know that Google collects these satellite and aerial images from companies like Digital Globe, government agencies, and the armed forces.

Myth Debunked

You should know that most of the images that you see on Google Earth are on average one to three years old. So, sure, it’s possible to get caught on camera, but that would take quite a bit of luck.

Plus Google now automatically blurs the faces of people in the streets – of course Google would have an algorithm for this! – and this ensures the protection of the people. Yea, Google!

Google Debunked!

So there you have it. We love Google, their products, and all of the awesome services they provide to us.

Myths are myths and nothing more. I hope we cleared up some of the information. Stay tuned for more!

Set your country to get into the correct rankings

You can filter any of our rankings for a specific country and get country-specific rankings.

We have two different ways to identify the country:

  • for persons we are using the first public visible location on your map on Google+
  • for pages we are using the public visible address on your Google+ profile

Country Detection For Pages Country Detection For Profiles

We have now an additional way to identify your country which is more accurate:
You can define it by yourself on CircleCount!

You will find a list in your dashboard where you can set your country:

Set The Country In Your Dashboard

 

There is the dashboard for your personal profile and you have also a dashboard for your Google+ Pages. Here is a description about how to access the dashboard for your pages.

After you have set your country in the dashboard, you can reload the dashboard directly to see your new rankings. You will be included in the ranking list latest after one hour, since we are caching these rankings for one hour.

Once you have set your country in the dashboard, it won’t be changed by our scripts anymore. That means, that you have the full control on your settings.

Manage Your Favorite Posts on Google+

Many people have searched for a way to get a workaround since Google+ doesn’t give us the option to manage our favorite posts directly on Google+.

You can use for example a private community like +Jaana Nyström described here or use an empty circle like +Google Plus Daily described here.

Today we would like to show you another way to manage your favorite posts, without having to leav the stream on Google+ and with a nice result you can show to everyone.

Together with +Martin Matysiak we worked on a connection between his chrome extension Favorite Posts for Google+™ and Your Favorite Posts on CircleCount.com.
After you have installed the chrome extension, you can click on the left sidebar on Google+ on “Favorites” and choose “Connected Services” via the options icon:

Connected Services

Besides Instapaper and Pocket you will find also CircleCount which you can add as a service within this extension. After a click on “Add” you will be asked to give the extension permission to write in your favorite posts on CircleCount:

Request Permission

After you have enabled CircleCount, you will find a button at each post on Google+ with the CircleCount logo:

Send to CircleCount

With just one click you can send a post to your Favorite Posts on CircleCount.
The title of the post and the tags will be automatically extracted but you can update any information you want directly there:

Edit Favorite Post on CircleCount

You will get a page on CircleCount which you can share with your friends or anyone else to show your favorite posts in Google+ for a specific tag or for any tag:

Favorite Posts on CircleCount

Here are a few examples of how great these pages can look like:

You can disconnect at any time the chrome extension on our new Apps-Page:

Your Apps